Our Outstanding Staff
Our staff is unique. Each of them is exceptional. Each of them is highly experienced. Almost all have worked with at least one other fertility center. But each knew things could be done better, so much better. And each had many ideas about how to make things better. Each has the freedom to explore their ideas. Each is valued as they should be. Each has the knowledge required to make each client's journey easier, less stressful and more successful.
Apart from these things, why are they unique? Because in almost every case, they left another fertility center and came to us asking if they could become a part of what they believe will soon be known as the finest, most advanced fertility center in the world. Below we will introduce you to the Medical Director, the Director of Research, and the Laboratory Director of Gen 5 Fertility. If we work together with you in the future, you will meet the other outstanding members of our staff.
Samuel Wood, m.d, ph.d., m.a.,m.b.a., hclD/CC(AAB), FACOG
Dr. Wood is a one of the leading fertility specialists in the world. He has helped patients from all continents (except Antartica) have the babies they desired.
As can be seen below, it is highly unlikely that any other fertility specialist in the world can match his array of credentials.
Dr. Wood is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and world-renowned fertility specialist as well as an expert in reproductive genetics with over 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Wood is the only fertility specialist in the U.S. who has the honor of being a longtime listee in three Marquis’ publications: “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World,” and “Who’s Who in Science & Technology.” His clinical skills have won him many accolades including being named a "Top Doctor" by U.S. News and World Report, a "Super Doctor" by SuperDoctors.com and has earned ratings of "Superb" (9.8) by the Avvo physician rating service and 4 out 4 stars on the patient-based rating site Vitals.com. He was named one of the “50 People to Watch” by San Diego Magazine and one of the 20 "Men who Impact San Diego" by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Medical Society.
Dr. Wood’s distinguished academic background also includes an M.A. in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, as well as an M.B.A. After a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, he completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCSD and is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility achieving both in the quickest possible time. He has also earned the honor of being a certified High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) by the American Board of Bioanalysts (AAB) in two separate areas. He has published numerous scientific papers in multiple areas of study. His academic credentials are not surprising given that he is also a longtime member of Mensa, the society for individuals with a documented high IQ.
Dr. Wood also has extensive media experience having been featured on numerous local and national print, radio and television news pieces including the “New York Times,” “Newsweek,” “Vogue,” “Cosmopolitan,” “Dr. Oz,” “The Doctors,” “World News Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “ABC’s World News Tonight,” PBS’ “Frontline,” and a BBC documentary seen worldwide, as well as all major television outlets in San Diego and many others across the country. Over the past few years, he has appeared on over 100 local and national radio, television and print shows. He is frequently featured on local and national morning television segments, which provides insights into the latest research in reproductive endocrinology/infertility, stem cell research, behavioral endocrinology, reproductive genetics and medical ethics.
Despite these many accomplishments, perhaps what is most exceptional about Dr. Wood is his gentle, caring nature. He is known by his many patients from around the world for providing each patient with highly personalized care. He especially specializes in the fine details of protocols for Chinese patients, whose responses are in many cases significantly different than those of American and European patients. There is perhaps no fertility specialist in the world who knows more about the optimal ways to treat Asian patients.
His current positions include being President and Medical Director of Gen 5 Fertility in San Diego, Laboratory Director of Progenesis, a leading PGS/PGD company, and CEO of Stemagen, a stem cell company renowned for having been the first research facility to therapeutically clone adult human cells.
Benito Villanueva, M.D., FACOG
With well over 30 years in the infertility field, Dr. Villanueva’s impressive track record has earned him the respect of his fellow Reproductive Endocrinologists and the admiration of his patients. In 1982, Dr. Villanueva marked an important milestone in the field of IVF. Only one year after the first successful IVF in the U.S. and three years after the first successful IVF in the world, he became the first fertility specialist to perform a successful IVF cycle in San Diego. His vast experience in IVF is of great value in many of the complicated IVF cycles that we routinely do.
The U.S. News and World Report has rated him as one of the most best in his field since 1995. Dr. Villanueva is one of the few physicians licensed to practice both in the U.S. and Mexico. He spends time on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border serving patients at state-of-the-art healthcare clinics. Many of his patients fly in from South America and Europe because of his expertise and sterling reputation.
Martin Bastuba, M.D., FACS
Dr. Martin Bastuba M.D. F.A.C.S. is a board certified male fertility specialist who was among the first to be accepted into the prestigious combined fellowship program for male infertility and sexual dysfunction at Boston University School of Medicine. Only 2% of urologists nationwide are trained experts in these highly specialized medical treatments.
Over 25 years ago, Dr. Bastuba founded Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists (MFS) to help patients in need of treatment for male infertility, urological disorders and male sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Bastuba is the only board-certified urologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who offers these services in San Diego. His experience and technical proficiency are complemented by his unique approach to patient care and service. He believes strongly in patient education and in creating a comfortable, informal environment in which to evaluate and provide treatment options for his patients.
Dr. Bastuba is well known for his expertise and high success rates in vasectomy reversal procedures. Patients from around the world travel to San Diego, California to receive vasectomy reversal surgery at MFS. He uses advanced microsurgical techniques to achieve high success rates in vasectomy reversal procedures and also has a successful track record with re-do vasectomy reversal surgeries.
In addition to MFS, Dr. Bastuba is the medical director at the Fertility Center of California, a cryobank offering fertility services, including sperm banking, donor sperm, artificial insemination, sex selection, fertility preservation and andrology laboratory services.
In all of his endeavors, Dr. Bastuba invests an immense amount of time and energy to ensure that his patients are educated about their treatments. He strongly believes that a patient's care is as important before treatment as it is after treatment. He personally manages his patients' care to provide maximum comfort and the very best results.
catharine adams, ph.d., HCLD(AAB)
Dr. Adams is our Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Scientific Director and she is truly one of the best in the world. She was born and raised in Great Britain and received her Ph.D. in Mammalian Embryology from one of the leading educational institutions in the world, Cambridge University (England). Dr. Adams’ graduate research involved the deconstruction and reconstruction of blastocysts, work that provided a strong basis for her many years of outstanding work in multiple IVF laboratories.
Dr. Adams was among the first to do many IVF laboratory procedures, including performing one of the first successful frozen embryo transfers in the U.S. in 1986. With more than 30 years experience, she deals with even the most challenging cases with aplomb. Her many skills, including complicated micro-manipulation, are legendary. Unlike the vast majority of Ph.D. level embryologists, she remains active in the IVF laboratory and personally performs or oversees virtually all complicated laboratory procedures. We are extremely pleased to have such an accomplished and renowned scientist direct our IVF laboratories.